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Mulan 'Economic Strength and Healthy Kids' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Category: Agreement
Date: 11 March 2005
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
Location:Mulan, Western Australia, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Mulan 'Economic Strength' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Payments:
  • Proposed contribution - Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination ($216,588)
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure | Economic Development | Health and Community Services
    URL: http://www.indigenous.gov.au/sra/search/document.aspx?id=8158
    Summary Information:
    The community of Mulan was a trial site for the East-Kimberley Tjurabalan Community Participation Agreement in 2003. Since then, the Mulan has been involved in negotiating various Shared Responsibility Agreements (SRAs). The Mulan 'Economic Strength and Healthy Kids' SRA provides petrol bowsers that can dispense Opal fuel, which is non-sniffable substitute fuel. The new bowsers will provide for locals and tourists, as well as improving the health of local children. One of the features of the mutual obligations under this SRA is requirement that families ensure their childrens' faces are washed before attending school.

    Shared Responsibility Agreements are agreements between governments and Indigenous communities to provide discretionary funding in return for community obligations. The new arrangements developed from an initiative of COAG and replace the previous ATSIC system of funding. For more information see 'Shared Responsibility Agreement' below.
    Detailed Information:
    Purpose

    There are two motivations behind the provision of Opal fuel bowsers to the Mulan community. First, it will improve children's health by removing access to sniffable petrol fuel in the community. Second, the installation of fuel bowsers will allow the Mulan community to cater for tourists visiting nearby Lake Gregory (Paruku). It is hoped that the community will then provide arts and crafts, cultural tours, camping and bird watching services for tourists.

    Shared Responsibilities

    Under the SRA, the Commonwealth Government will provide funds of $216,588 towards the purchase of fuel bowsers.

    The West Australian Government will provide regular health checks for trachoma (an eye disease), skin infections and worm infestations.

    Families at Mulan agree to continue with previous initiatives, including ensuring that children shower and wash their faces on a regular basis, and that children attend school and creche on time. In addition, families agree to reduce rubbish around their homes. These responsibilities aim to improve children's health.

    The Mulan community corporation will focus on the timely payment of rents to enable homes to be maintained and for waste removal to operate regularly.

    The Mulan SRAs are administered by the Kununnura Indigenous Coordination Centre.
    Outcomes:
    According to ABC Online, the community received the stipulated petrol bowsers - one with diesel and the other with non-sniffable Opal fuel, in January 2006.

    Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Tjurabalan Community Participation Agreement
  • Mulan 'Healthy Activities for Young People' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Mulan 'Renovate the Cultural Centre' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Mulan 'Activities for Young People' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Organisation
  • Kununurra Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (Cth)
  • State of Western Australia - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Mulan Aboriginal Corporation - Signatory
  • People
  • Mulan Aboriginal Community - Signatory

  • References

    General Reference
    Australian Government - Indigenous Portal Economic Strength - Mulan Shared Responsibility Agreement
    ABC Online (11 January 2006) Mulan receives bowsers under govt deal
    Article
    Elders, council and families of Mulan Aboriginal Community (2004) Striving for equality - in every way
    Patricia Karvelas and Amanda Banks (2004) We Are Just Saving Our Kids
    Michelle Grattan (2004) Mulan Hygiene Deal OK on Rights: Commissioner
    Louise Yaxley (2004) AM: Vanstone Explains 'Shared Responsibility Agreements'
    Kim Landers (2005) PM: Senate Scrutinises Govt's Mutual Obligation Deals with Indigenous Communities
    Peta Donald (2004) Mulan Deal a Return to Native Welfare Days: Dodson
    James Grubel (2004) Australia Defends Aboriginal "Wash for Fuel" Deal
    Emma Kowal (2006) Mutual obligation and Indigenous health: thinking through incentives and obligations
    Conference Paper
    Ruth McCausland (2005) Petrol bowsers for washing kids' faces: a 'new conversation' in Indigenous policy
    Journal Article
    Kim S Collard et al (16 May 2006) "Mutual" obligation in Indigenous health: can shared responsibility agreements be truly mutual? Medical Journal of Australia, volume 182, number 10
    Newspaper Article
    Meaghan Shaw (2004) Hygiene Pact in deal for blacks
    Report
    Ngiya Institute for Law, Policy and Practice Think Tank (2005) Briefing Paper No 1: Shared Responsibility Agreements
    Resource
    Ruth McCausland (2005) So just who is sharing the responsibility in Indigenous policy?

    Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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